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Part of the Cool Crowd!

Part of the Cool Crowd!

Everybody wants to be counted among the cool, and recently Pittsburgh has been listed as the coolest of the cool by National Geographic Traveller on its The Cool List 2019. The city came in No. 3 in the Top 19 Must-See Destinations for 2019, trailing Setouchi, Japan, at No. 1, which will be hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and No. 2 Antarctica, where you

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O Canada! Our Wonderful Neighbor to the North

O Canada! Our Wonderful Neighbor to the North

When Mr. Rogers sang, “I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,” he most likely didn’t have Canada in mind, but it would have been appropriate because you’d be hard pressed to find a better neighbor to Pittsburgh than our friends to the north. We all know what an asset Mario Lemieux has been to our region, not only as the greatest

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Pittsburgh’s Wild Weather

Pittsburgh’s Wild Weather

If you regularly tune in to the local weather forecasts, you often hear words like “severe,” “extreme,” or “apocalyptic,” to describe our weather. Well, maybe not apocalyptic, but who can forget “snowmageddon”? If the truth be told, most of the weather we experience day in and day out is typical and not cataclysmic. Weather records have only been kept by the National Weather Service since

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The Pittsburgh Parking Chair

The Pittsburgh Parking Chair

Pittsburghers are a giving lot, and they like to share. But when it comes to parking spots we tend to get territorial, especially after you’ve done the backbreaking labor of shoveling one out after a snowfall. If you travel around the city after a significant snow, you will find old chairs of all types reserving spots—from Bingo Hall folding chairs to that flowered vinyl upholstery

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A Sweet Reminder of Pittsburgh’s Candy Past: The Clark Bar Sign

A Sweet Reminder of Pittsburgh’s Candy Past: The Clark Bar Sign

The slogan for the Clark candy bar was, “I want a Clark bar.” Though you may have wanted a Clark bar, often you weren’t able to get the confection. When the manufacturing of the Clark bar left the area, the only reminder of the city’s candy-producing past was the Clark bar sign atop its former production facility on the North Side. The Clark candy bar

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The Unofficial Sister Cities of Pittsburgh

The Unofficial Sister Cities of Pittsburgh

If you have ever glanced at our Quick Facts on Pittsburgh, you may know that Pittsburgh has nearly two dozen sister cities. We are kin with well-known metropolises such as Sofia, Bulgaria, and Zagreb, Croatia, and lesser-known nooks around the globe like Karmiel, Israel, and Fernando de la Mora, Paraguay. President Eisenhower founded the Sister City movement in 1956 to connect people around the globe,

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Mary Soon Lee Happy to Call Pittsburgh Home

Mary Soon Lee Happy to Call Pittsburgh Home

Though born and raised in London and having spent time at Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mary Soon Lee has found a home in Pittsburgh. “My father was ethnically Chinese, and my mother was Irish, but I acquired a British accent from my classmates,” said the author of both fiction and poetry, who lives in Squirrel Hill. It’s not often that a writer is both

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A Night at the Ballet: A Pittsburgh Experience

A Night at the Ballet: A Pittsburgh Experience

I asked my ten year old grandson if he would like to join me at the Benedum to watch The Pittsburgh Ballet perform The Nutcracker. As soon as I asked, the look on his face indicated that he was trying to think of a reason not to go. So I sweetened the deal: we’d stop at a restaurant that serves one of the best pizzas

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Keeping the Flames Alive: Continuing the Legacy of Tree of Life Victims

Keeping the Flames Alive: Continuing the Legacy of Tree of Life Victims

I will never forget the morning of Saturday October 27th, 2018. What was a relaxing morning at home watching national news with my family soon became a chaotic blur of intense emotional heartbreak and the constant shrill ringing of my house phone- with worried family and friends on the other end. The shock of reading the words “Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue” scrawled

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Pittsburgh’s Creative Explosion: RAW Artists, OVATION

Pittsburgh’s Creative Explosion: RAW Artists, OVATION

This past Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh art community and all its supporters partied hard and celebrated the talent of 60 artists, performers, and models in the RAW Artists showcase, OVATION. RAW Artists is an international organization that serves as a platform for local artists to share their crafts/talent with the community. Their mission statement appropriately represents this message as they wish: “To serve independent artists

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